created by | Nicolas
transit | walkable
distance | 0.4 mile
est. transit time | 9 minute walk end to end

This guide is proof that even somewhere like Midtown you can find a perfectly chill outing, if you know where to go. Enjoy a little skating in the winter or a walk in the park in the spring and summer as well as one of the best little burger joints in Midtown to top it off!



Wollman Rink

Seasonal ice skating rink in Central Park
830 5th Ave, New York, NY 10065
(212) 219-2773
Wollman Ice Rink (winter)
Victorian Gardens (summer)


The Wollman Rink is a classic New York spot. It’s open through the winter season (generally October - April). It offers a great place to strap on a pair of skates and enjoy the sweeping views of Central Park South and the iconic Plaza Hotel. The rink has been featured in films such as Love Story and Serendipity.

The first part of Central Park to open to the public was the Lake, in 1858. That same winter, it filled with skaters. Soon after, skaters filled the 59th Street Pond as well. A century later, these water bodies were closed to skaters. Wollman Rink opened in 1950, a 33,000-square-foot venue built with a gift from Kate Wollman.

In the summer months, the rink is used as the home for a small amusement park, The Victorian Gardens.


burger joint

$$ | No-frills, cash-only burger counter hidden inside an upscale hotel
119 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
(212) 708-7414


After a little skating or go-carts around Central Park you will certainly have worked up an appetite. The burger joint is one of the best low key spots in Central Park South. So much so that it’s become a little popular for it’s own good. Nevertheless swing by the Parker New York (the old Le Parker Meridien) grab a burger and shake and booth if you can find it and enjoy a little late night bite.


Looking for a hotel near this guide? Book a stay at the Chambers Hotel

Chambers Hotel

4 Star Hotel | $150-$250/night
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
Contemporary, upmarket hotel offering chic rooms & suites, plus trendy dining options.

The Soho Grand Hotel is a beautiful hotel centrally located in the middle of all the Soho action. In addition to a great restaurant and a beautiful bar the Soho Grand features a number of comfortable and stylish rooms and suites. Book your room now!


“Perfect hotel for a short break. Excellent location and great rooms.”

Clare, U.K - Booking.com

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